Forysthia Festival back on after cancellation in 2020

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Forsythia Festival is back this year for its annual celebration, although it won’t be held on its traditional date.

Each year in early March, vendors come from all over the south to set up shop in Forsyth. Rebecca Stone, the CEO of the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, says last year was the first time in more than 30 years the festival did not happen.

“Last year would have been the 33rd annual Forsythia Festival,” Stone said. “That’s all right though. We’re coming back, and we’re looking forward to this year.”

Downtown businesses are looking forward to the festival, too. Pickled Okra restaurant manager Christina Moore says the cancellation last year was just the icing on the cake for 2020.

“It hurt everybody,” Moore said. “We shut down for seven weeks and I remember calling my boss and asking him when we were opening back up.”

The restaurant hopes to get a boost from the festival and wants the community to come out and support them.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the faces that I haven’t seen in almost a year,” Moore said. “I’m hoping a lot of our old regulars are coming out.”

Other local businesses and vendors are also preparing for the festival crowd.

Ron Hoenes will sell wood carvings at the local Artisan Guild during the festival.

“I probably shouldn’t say the streets will be crowded, because we have to have this spacing for safety,” Hoenes said. “But I think we’ll see quite a few people here.”

The festival will be held May 22 and 23 this year.

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